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what can i do if i have a middle ear infection?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: You can try controlling the pain for 3 days. Most ear infections will resolve on their own in that time frame. After 3 days, if you still have symptoms, you will need an antibiotic.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Several choices: Some of these are viral and subside in a few days.Some are bacterial and may self heal in 6-12 weeks, but would likely remain painful & could lead to complications. You could continue to self assess and self treat or have a health care provider confirm your suspicions and initiate treatment.

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What causes middle ear infection?

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Dr. Michael Olds
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Bacterial and viral : Ear infections are more common in children due to their anatomy and predisposition for upper respiratory infections. When the eustachian tube fails to maintain a neutral pressure relative to the outside world, the middle ear can accumulate fluid, siphon bacteria from the upper respiratory tract into the middle ear and an infection results. Eustachian tube swelling is often initiated with a virus.
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What is the treatment for middle ear infection?

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Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Antibiotics: The usual treatment for middle ear infections--those with ear pain and findings on exam--is Amoxicillin as first choice. For those who have failed this medication (or took it within 3 months), there are second line choices, such as augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) Cefdinir or ceftriaxone. There is also the option of watchful waiting in the older child.
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What are the treatments for a middle ear infection?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Ear infection: Treatment for middle ear infection (otitis media) will depend on age. Adults may not take antibiotics if the earache disappears in a few days. Children less than 5 years old usually need antibiotics, especially younger than 2 years old. Over 5 years, treat the same as adults. Analgesic ear drops or oral equivalents can be used to ease the pain.
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How long should middle ear infection last?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Etiology: Almost all middle ear infections result from a viral infection in the back of the nose. This, in turn causes swelling of the tube that connects the back of the nose to the middle ear space. The virus should be eliminated in about 7 to 10 days. However, at your age of 44, a bacterial superinfection may require an antibiotic and may last for many weeks. See an ENT doc for evaluation.
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What are symptoms of a middle ear infection?

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Variable: The middle ear is the space behind the ear drum. Symptoms could include pain, pressure, hearing loss, drainage, dizziness, ringing noise. If suspected, get it checked out.

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